I have a hunch that our fears have a way of limiting how we function in our relationships.
Most of us, for example, are a part of a group or groups of people in which we share some kind of relationship.
- We might have a small circle of friends.
- We might be in some sort of ministry group.
- We might be a part of some group (work, church, community) that is focused on completing a task.
- We might be in a prayer group, Bible study group, "life" group, etc.
I have been watching Jesus in the Gospels. There is something about the way he relates to people that is very attractive. There is something about the way he loves the people that seems very deliberate and intentional. He relates to others without the self-consciousness that for many of us often seems to act as a fence or barrier that we never quite get beyond.
I’m curious. What are the fears that have a way of putting limits on these relationships? What are the fears that keep our relationships in these groups at a very superficial level?